Early last month, Caldwell's office issued subpoenas for records from ACORN's New Orleans office, where the organization -- now moving its national headquarters to Washington -- has long been based. ...
In a statement, ACORN's attorney Pamela Marple said the group was told the raid was ordered because of reports that workers loyal to Beth Butler, the recently fired head of ACORN's Louisiana branch, had been taking computer data and other items out of the office.
"Over the last two months, ACORN has been cooperating with a variety of governmental entities across the country to provide requested information and documents," Marple wrote. "We were told that the AG's office has no criticisms of ACORN's cooperative efforts, but rather that the warrant was issued because of concern that former local ACORN staff members had, and may intend in the future to remove or alter electronic documents."
An ACORN official also said Caldwell's investigators will copy the hard drives from ACORN's computers and return them next week. The computers contain all payroll information for the national organization, the official said.